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Author Joelle Charbonneau to chat at Schaumburg library

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  • Author Joelle Charbonneau will visit the Schaumburg Township District Library, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to talk about writing and her newest release, "Independent Study."

    Author Joelle Charbonneau will visit the Schaumburg Township District Library, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to talk about writing and her newest release, "Independent Study."
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By Susan Miura

How does an opera singer become a novelist? New York Times Best-Selling Author Joelle Charbonneau never expected her music and acting path to veer off into the world of fiction, but when it did, she jumped in with both feet.

Author of adult and young adult novels, Joelle just returned from a book tour and is excited that Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to The Testing Trilogy. She will discuss "The Testing" and her other books during an author signing slated from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Teen Place at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.

Joelle's books will be available for purchase, and all who attend will have the opportunity to meet this colorful and talented author. She will talk about writing and her newest release, "Independent Study," the second book in The Testing trilogy. To register, call (847) 923-3240.

"The Testing trilogy deals with a lot of modern day questions -- like how much testing is too much and what does a test really tell us about a person -- all wrapped up in a thriller, high-action plot," Joelle explained. "I'm hoping readers will be compelled by both aspects of the series and feel satisfied with the final installment."

The third and final book in her series will be "Graduation Day," due out this June. Joelle said she is looking forward to her library visit and hopes adults and teens alike will stop by to visit with her.

"As a Chicagoland native, I am thrilled to be able to share my enthusiasm for reading and telling stories with teens and adults from the area. It's such a wonderful and unexpected part of being an author."

Joelle's adult novels include the Rebecca Robbins Mysteries which all contain a skating theme. The inspiration came from her mother, who was a competitive roller skater in solo and dance, and appeared on ABC's Wide World of Sports. The titles in her skating series include "Skating on the Edge," "Skating over the Line," and "Skating around the Law."

With her opera background, it's easy to see how she fell into The Glee Club series, in which the main character is just steps away from becoming the next opera sensation. Like the skating books, these are murder mysteries with a dose of fun. Glee Club books include "Murder for Choir," "End Me a Tenor," and "A Chorus Lineup."

Are their similarities between her adult and teen novels? "They couldn't be more different," Joelle said. "My adult books are light and funny. While I hope they have a gripping puzzle to solve, my goal is to make my audience smile while they read. My young adult books are far more serious, and while there might be an amusing moment, the story questions are larger and more intense than a simple murder. (As if murder is ever simple!)"

To find out more about the author, go to or check out her Facebook page. Better yet, come and hear from her yourself on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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